Rugby World Cup

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My sincere apologies for the unintended insult. It must be a legacy from those great tours of Australia by the British Lions team.

A time when a bunch of particularly nice fellows (even by rugby standards) from Great Britain would menace our maidens and wallabies with outstanding play on and off the field.

Back to the action. AT is busy re-living his pre-marriage days living in in Paris. I have even dusted off the text books to revive a bit of schoolboy French. I feel it will come in handy to jeer the Australian opposition in next weeks game.

Have a great day.




It was a good performance by the Aussies last night. The All Blacks looked confused at times and certainly suprised by the attacking rugby the Aust played.

NZ has declared a national day of mourning. They were that confident (14:10 vs 4:1 at the bookies) of a win that many tears will have been shed.

By shutting down the AB and not allowing them possession, Australia changed the game plan to suit themselves. The same fate could befall ENG or FRA (who both have great running game) if they allow it to.

It should be a cracker tonight - hope you can watch it.



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well ?


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I actually thought it was a try - tough to tell though.

What a great start to a match.

Is it just me or do I detect that these teams actually don't like each other. At this early stage I have to say the French are dirty players and I hope the English team wins.

Pity about the rain - hop eit doesn't marr the entire match.


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I think it was a try.

but even on t.v its tricky.

french are trying to disrupt. so cool heads required.


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I think johnny was right.
He (the big guy) was sitting in his chair !


Ps: the french dont like the rain !

only frogs by nature ?
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dominici should be off imo. beginning to get our game heads on at last. LOL love Carlings old school - put it up high and pressure.
time to squeeze the french out the game.


Maybe it's just coincidence, but when England won that game it started to rain in Adelaide after days of beautiful weather. Is the man upstairs trying to tell me something?

I think we have lost the last four to you guys and it will be a big challenge for the Aussies but great to watch for the spectators.

Full marks (points) to Johnny. A good effort under tough conditions. Can't wait for next weeks match. Will have to move heaven and earth to try and find a ticket!



that's only one degree of separation. Qualifies you as an expert imho.


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The all weather ultimate attack tool !
with a Licence to kill.
We have several of these all the way up to 007 !


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squashed frogs is I understand, a favourite halloween delight.

bit late this year, but tomorrow will do well enough.


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1 - Don't let them play with the big boys.

2 - Kid them they have a fifty point start

3 - Blow the whistle after five minutes

4 - Let them have a french ref.

5 - Don't tell them to pull their socks up.

6 - Tell them they can keep Calais.


BLOKE walks into a bar. He's a Pommie rugby supporter, he's revved up for the big game and he's got his dog with him.

But the barman takes one look at the dog and says, "Sorry, can't serve you mate. No dogs allowed."

The bloke looks rattled. "But my tele's broken and the World Cup final's on. My dog'll be heartbroken. He loves the footy."

"Okay," says the barman, "you can bring him in as long as he behaves himself."

The bloke buys a beer and sits down. The match kicks off. The Poms slowly work the ball down the field into Aussie territory in a 20-phase, tortuous, rolling maul until they get a penalty.

Jonny Wilkinson lines it up, slots it, and the dog goes berserk. It jumps on the bar and high-fives every patron. Gets to the end of the bar, knocks back a stray beer and bounds back to its owner.

"That's amazing," said the barman. "What does he do when they score a try?"

"Don't know mate," says the owner. "I've only had him for two years."


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SYDNEY (Reuters) - New Zealand have one last chance to save their coach's job in tomorrow's World Cup third place playoff against France.

The All Blacks have picked their strongest team for Thursday's game neither team really want to play after losing to Australia and England respectively at the weekend. France have named a second-string side.

In contrast to his predecessors John Hart and Wayne Smith, who resigned immediately after heavy defeats, coach John Mitchell has said he wants to continue running the national side.

New Zealand Rugby Union chief executive Chris Moller has called a news conference for Friday morning when he is expected to announce whether Mitchell and his assistant Robbie Deans will be asked to carry on when their contracts expire at the end of the year.

The portents are not good for either man. New Zealand were overwhelming favourites to defeat defending champions Australia on Saturday but in the end were well beaten 22-10.

There was a predictable outcry at home in a country which has not won the World Cup in the national sport since 1987 and the calls for Mitchell's head have already started

just like the french, don't you think ?
they have their excuses laid out already. !


Rugby World Cup 2003 - International Rugby Board (IRB)

Rugby World Cup 2003

Following complaints made to the IRB about the All Blacks being allowed to motivate themselves by performing the' Haka' before their games, other nations were asked to suggest pre-match rituals of their own.

The IRB Rugby World Cup 2003 Organising Committee has now agreed to the following pre-match displays:

1. The England team will chat about the weather, wave hankies in the air and attach bells to their ankles before moaning about how they invented the game and gave it to the world, and how it's not fair that everyone still thinks New Zealand are the best team in the world.

2. The Scotland team will chant "You lookin' at me Jimmy?" before
smashing an Iron Bru bottle over their opponents' heads.

3. The Ireland team will split into two, with the Southern half performing a Riverdance, while the Northerners march the Traditional route from their dressing room to the pitch, via their opponents dressing room.

4. Unfortunately the Committee were unable to accept the Welsh suggestion following representations from the RSPCA.

5. Argentina will unexpectedly invade a small part of opposition territory, claim it as their own "Las In-Goals-Areas" and then be forcibly removed by the match stewards.

6. Two members of the South African team will claim to be more important than the other 13 whom they will imprison between the posts whilst they claim the rest of the pitch for themselves.

7. The Americans will not attend until almost full time. In future years they will amend the records to show that they were in fact the most important team in the tournament and Hollywood will make a film called 'Saving No.8 Lyle'.

9. Five of the Canadian team will sing La Marseillaise and hold the rest of the team to ransom.

10. The Italian team will arrive in Armani gear, sexually harass the female stewards and then run away.

11. The Spanish will sneak into the other half of the pitch, mow it and then claim that it was all in line with European "grass quotas". They will then curl up under the posts and have a kip until half time, when their appeal for compensation against the UK Government will be heard.

12. The Japanese will attempt to strengthen their team by offering good salaries to the key opposition players and then run around the pitch at high speed in a highly efficient manner before buying the ground (with a subsidy from the UK Government).

13. The French will declare they have new scientific evidence that the opposition are in fact all mad. They will then park lorries across the halfway line, let sheep loose in the opposition half (much to the delight of Wales!) and burn the officials.

14. The Australians will have a barbie before negotiating lucrative singing and TV contracts in the UK. They will then invite all their mates to come and live with them in Shepherds Bush".
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